Kentucky Humanities Awards $800,000 to 51 Kentucky Organizations through American Rescue Plan Grants
LEXINGTON, Ky. (July 26, 2021) – Kentucky Humanities has awarded $800,382 to 51 cultural organizations throughout the state through funds from with National Endowment for the Humanities (NEH) as part of the $1.9 trillion American Rescue Plan Act approved by the U.S. Congress and signed into law by President Joseph R. Biden.
Kentucky Humanities ARP Grants provide funding to museums, archives, historic sites, and other nonprofit cultural agencies impacted by the COVID-19 pandemic.
“Businesses across the country, including not-for-profit agencies, continue to feel the devastating impacts of the COVID-19 pandemic,” said Bill Goodman, Kentucky Humanities Executive Director. “This money appropriated by Congress will help many cultural organizations throughout the Commonwealth get back on their feet and adapt to the societal changes COVID-19 has brought. Kentucky Humanities is glad to work with the National Endowment for the Humanities to get these much-needed funds in the hands of humanities-based organizations throughout Kentucky.”
Kentucky Humanities ARP Grants have been awarded to:
Kentucky Humanities is a non-profit Kentucky corporation affiliated with the National Endowment for the Humanities. For information about Kentucky Humanities’ programs and services, and more details about the American Rescue Plan Grants available, visit kyhumanities.org.
(Information updated 7/20/21)
American Rescue Plan Grants
GRANT APPLICATIONS CLOSED. All funds awarded.
Kentucky Humanities has received funding from the American Rescue Plan (ARP) to assist humanities organizations and other cultural institutions affected by the coronavirus pandemic as part of the $1.9 trillion American Rescue Plan Act of 2021 (ARP) approved by U.S. Congress and signed into law by President Joseph R. Biden.
Kentucky Humanities will provide recovery funding to museums, archives, historic sites, and other nonprofits impacted by the pandemic.
What is the purpose of the funds?
The primary purpose of ARP funding is to prevent, prepare for, respond to, and recover from the coronavirus.
The following activities are activities that can be supported with ARP subawards:
Who is eligible?
To apply for an American Rescue Plan grant, non-profit cultural organizations must meet the following criteria:
Who is not eligible?
The following organizations are not eligible to apply for an American Rescue Plan grant:
However, museums, archives, university presses, and public-facing cultural organizations affiliated with a college or university may apply for ARP grants.
Organizations whose mission falls outside the humanities and humanistic social sciences are not eligible to receive funding for general operating costs under the ARP awards. They would be eligible for specific humanities related programming needs.
What are the humanities?
“The term ‘humanities’ includes, but is not limited to, the study and interpretation of the following: language, both modern and classical; linguistics; literature; history; jurisprudence; philosophy; archaeology; comparative religion; ethics; the history, criticism, and theory of the arts; those aspects of the social sciences which have humanistic content and employ humanistic methods; and the study and application of the humanities to the human environment with particular attention to reflecting our diverse heritage, traditions, and history and to the relevance of the humanities to the current conditions of national life.”
--National Foundation on the Arts and Humanities Act, 1965, as amended
Public libraries and arts organizations
The American Rescue Plan (ARP) included federal funding for numerous agencies across Kentucky including the Kentucky Arts Council and the Kentucky Department for Libraries and Archives. To ensure that this funding is distributed equitably, public libraries and arts-specific organizations should apply directly to those respective agencies for ARP funding.
Grants will range from $2,000 - $20,000. Applicant must demonstrate the need and submit a reasonable budget for the requested grant amount.
What’s the deadline to apply?
The deadline for applications is June 18, 2021. Priority will be given to the applications received by this date. Applications received by June 18 will be reviewed in July and awarded soon after our review. However, we will continue to accept applications until funding is exhausted. All grants must be awarded by November 30, 2021.
When must grant funds be used?
Grant activities must start no later than December 1, 2021 and must end no later than November 30, 2022. Activities can begin as soon as the grant is awarded.
Funds may not be used for the following:
How do I apply?
If I receive a grant, what are my responsibilities?
Applications will be reviewed by a panel and awarded are based on available funds. Applicants will be notified via email of the application award status.
How will grant applications be evaluated?
The grant review committee will read and score applications on the following criteria:
If I have questions, who can help me?
Associate Director and Grants Officer
For a printable copy of this information or to download these files:
• Application (Just for reading purposes, application must be submitted via the form below)
Final Report Forms for Awarded Grants: